Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael R. Doucette was honored this week by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys. Meeting in Virginia Beach, the group presented Doucette with its prestigious Robert F. Horan Award for excellence in the pursuit of justice.
Doucette has served as a prosecutor for 30 years and was president of VACA for the 2012-13 term. He has been Lynchburg Commonwealth’s attorney since 2006.
VACA also honored its fourth class of Champions of Justice – legislators who helped to promote public safety. The honorees are:
- Del. Vivian E. Watts, D-Fairfax, who introduced a bill to include serial groping among offenses considered sexual battery,
- Del. Benjamin L. Cline, R-Lexington, who patroned a bill to increase penalties for being an accessory after-the-fact to murder,
- Sen. Janet D. Howell, D-Fairfax, who supported a bill to expand protections for witnesses to certain crimes,
- Sen. Thomas A. Garrett, R-Goochland, who sponsored a bill to ensure continued prosecution of adults who commit sodomy with children.
The new president of the VACA is Chesapeake Commonwealth’s Attorney Nancy G. Parr.